Friday, January 16, 2009

Suddenly It's Raining Jobs

Today's interview with Radio Shack seemed to go well. The hiring manager informed me that all potential employees are interviewed twice and, since the hours I wanted to work are day time, he said he'd call the manager of another store near me and ask her to call and set up a second interview as I would probably meet her needs better. I left feeling hopeful.

Went home, chatted briefly with Sandi, and then, while I was working at the computer, the Census Bureau called. I was offered a position working as an administrative clerk and the training is to start on Tuesday next week. Yay! I'm working! The Census job pays better than the sales one would have. I'd have loved the technology of Radio Shack, but more money and serving your government is even better. While talking to Lou, the hiring manager, I learned that the job may go for much longer than the 5 to 10 weeks being advertised. The training is paid. No overtime. Office dress is business casual. There will be about 30 to 40 people in the office. I'm to bring my own lunch and they don't have a refrigerator so I guess it will be peanut butter sandwiches till I get more creative.

After that good news I called my folks to share. No sooner had I gotten off the phone with Mom when Jenny, whom I met working at Pearson, called. She told me to call a certain person at Pearson because they were now taking on people and I could set myself up for work on evening shifts later when the projects start. That would be nice as it is something I'm familiar and good at. I called and left a message with my phone number and the information they asked for. Hopefully I'll hear back sometime next week.

Considering the state of the economy and the skyrocketing unemployment rate, I feel blessed. Thank God for friends who pray and a Lord and Saviour who has the grace to listen!

28 comments:

murat11 said...

Lee: Congratulations! That's the kind of 100% precipitation you like to have. Wonderful news.

Lee said...

Thank you, Paschal! It was indeed a lovely shower.

Sandi McBride said...

WOOHOO! I had a feeling...I just some how knew this was going to be a bumper crop week for you!
hugs
Sandi

Lee said...

Well I guess the good Lord blessed the ground those seeds were planted in. Maybe there is something to being a fallow field afterall.

Hugs!

Jeni said...

That's great! Three job opps and hired already for one. Keep it going.

Lee said...

Thank you, Jeni! I'm sure glad about it. :-)

Cheers!

jsd said...

congratulations lee - i can feel your relief

Lee said...

Thank you, JS! The whole world looks brighter now!:-)

Hugs!

jinksy said...

As things go in threes usually, who knows what you'll be offered next?
Congrats...

Lee said...

Very true, Jinsky! I've had that things coming in 3's experience. Right now I'm hoping that the Census work lasts as long as the hiring manager suggested it might. Getting to know your way around a job is a very good feeling.

San said...

A flood of opportunities, Lee! Are you wearing your galoshes?

:-D

Lee said...

LOL Thanks, San! Golashes may be necessary but at this point it is looking like the Census job may be longer than advertised. That would suit my needs quite nicely. We will get lots of cross training in all administrative areas and of course that all looks good on resumes. :-)

Hugs!

david mcmahon said...

That's no surprise, Lee. The abundance of offers is a richly deserved blessing.

Lee said...

Thank you, David! I always feel so overwhelmed when I'm blessed like this, but also overwhelmingly grateful for the blessing. God is good!

Cheers!

Anna said...

Lee yes you are blessed and congratulations. BTW for lunch you can always bring nice lunch box, they are really good these days and preserve heat or cold. I use them all the time, even when going on short trips, Anna :)

Lee said...

Thanks, Anna! Lunch boxes are a great idea! Much more practical then the plastic bags I've been using.

Anonymous said...

the fuck , why would the bureau not have a fridge

Lee said...

Oh, any number of reasons for no fridge. Recently opened, short budget (yes, even the govt can be broke), limited space. We don't mind, they are near some good fast food places and have easy access to the quickest hwy home. :-)

Thanks for stopping by anon. Come back soon.

Cheers

phaeriephae said...

sweet blog!

from:phaeriephae

Lee said...

Thank you, PhaeriePhae. I find your profile label interesting as I take the word faerie as part of an online id I sometimes use.

Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Hi, wanted to say good choice. "Radio Shack" / Circuit City has been reportedly been going under financially for some time. Some expect it to be one of the chain stores going out of business this year.

Mike Carr said...

I have been having a similar experience myself, lately. We are truly Blessed. My best wishes and prayers for you during your interviews.

Lee said...

Hi Anon, and thank you. As it turns out I didn't take the Radio Shack job although working with technology in just about any way would have been fun. I hope they do stay open but am very glad it won't affect me as much as it might have.

Cheers!

Lee said...

Hi Mike,

Glad you too have been blessed by the grace of God and the job market. Hope this experience keeps on happening for you.

Peace! Hope! & Joy!

The Collective Truth said...

Congrats on making the Blogs Of Note list and the new job! I spent 5 years working for RadioShack. They used to be great, but not so much anymore. So your not missing anything. Believe me, the census was the better offer.

Lee said...

Thanks Collective Truth! I totally agree with you. Working for the Census is great!

Cheers!

Mona Lake said...

Let me just say, as a former Radioshacker, that although the electronica is fascinating... your census job will be much more fruitful!

And as a fellow job seeker... CONGRATULATIONS!

onĂ­rica said...

i have a dream 2!
:) good luck
have fun!